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Critics’ picks: Theater

STICKS AND BONES

In a mesmerizing production by Lewis D. Wheeler, David Rabe’s drama does not feel the least bit dated, its roots in Vietnam War-era fury and disillusion notwithstanding. This fierce and unsettling work, which won the 1972 Tony Award for best play, resonates at a time when soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, trying to reacclimate to civilian life and explain things to their loved ones that might be hard to put into words. Through Sept. 8. At Harbor Stage Company, Wellfleet. 508-349-6800, www.harbor stage.org DON AUCOIN

CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL!!!

Based on NPR’s popular call-in program, this show might seem an unlikely proposition. But with the help of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who contributed their voices to the project, Wesley Savick has cobbled a wacky plot, clever song parodies, the brothers’ trademark outrageous puns, and a fine cast into a production that’s running like a top. Extended through Sept. 16. Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquare
theater.org JEFFREY GANTZ

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